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AstraZeneca flips the switch on solar power at its Newark site

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On Friday, AstraZeneca held a ceremony called “Newark Flips the Switch” at its manufacturing site south of Newark.

AstraZeneca leadership and elected officials marked the installation of 7,800 solar panels across 9.5 acres to power building operations and reduce on-site utility costs by 20 to 30%.

A press release said that by generating 5.8 million kilowatts of energy per year with the panels, AstraZeneca is reaffirming its commitment to sustainable production and environmental responsibility.

AstraZeneca was a pioneer in the use of solar panels, installing the technology on part of its office campus near Wilmington.

Last year, AstraZeneca announced a collaboration with Vanguard Renewables to enable the delivery of renewable natural gas to all US locations by the end of 2026. The gas is produced on dairy farms using fermenter systems and fed into the country's gas pipeline system.

The Newark site was the first designated site to receive renewable natural gas since the collaboration was announced.

AstraZeneca's state-of-the-art facility in Newark formulates, packages, tests and distributes 30 medicationsSa number that continues to increase every year and is one of two main distribution centers in the United States

It is the only manufacturing site in Delaware with Energy Star certification.